Marjorie C. Luesebrink

M.D. Coverley is the pen name for Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink. Her full-length novel, Califia (2000), is available on CD-ROM from Eastgate Systems. Her novel, Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day, was published in 2006. A selection of Web hypermedia short stories, Fingerprints on Digital Glass, is available on her website. Coverley's current work-in-progress is "Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions," a series of narratives constructed with spreadsheets. "The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar" is part of this collection. Coverley's web short stories and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review Web, BeeHive, Artifacts, Cauldron & Net, The Blue Moon Review, Riding the Meridian, Salt Hill, New River, Currents in Electronic Literacy, Bunk, Poems That Go, Enterzone, The Salt River Review, Aileron, Blast 5 (Alt X Publications), Room Without Walls, and frAme. She also produced the online and real time collaborative drama “M is for Nottingham?” for the 2002 trAce Incubation Convention. She is a board member of the Electronic Literature Organization. For more information, visit

Essays by this author

Futures of Electronic Literature


E-lit authors Stephanie Strickland and Marjorie Luesebrink organized a panel on the “Future of E–Lit” at the ELO 2012 conference, allowing emerging and early career authors to articulate institutional and economic, as well more familiar technological, developments that constrain and facilitate current practice. The panel papers were released in ebr in March 2014. Luesebrink and Strickland followed up with comments on the papers, offering a “progress report” on the future of the field. The individual responses are available as glosses on the essays and in full here.

One + One = Zero – Vanishing Text in Electronic Literature


In “One + One = Zero,” Marjorie C. Luesebrink discusses “fleeting” messages and their implications for electronic literature. Beginning with a discussion of the popular social media app, Snapchat, Luesebrink considers a series of works of electronic literature that employ tropes of vanishing and inaccessibility to represent forgetfulness, limited perception, and the challenges posed by dynamic environments for contemporary readers. After tracing a path through two decades of digital practice, Luesebrink points to a future in which the vanishing text will continue to be a relevant site for literary innovation.

Of Tea Cozy and Link


Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink performs an autopsy on the hypertextual corpse.